Following Jesus is not easy when you’re a practical planner like me. Nope, Jesus and I look at life differently, so I have to figure out how to be more like Jesus while staying true to the real me. I agree with Jesus on the things he cared about: universal health care (John 5; John 4:46-54; Mark 1); the value of women; treating everybody with respect. Treating everybody with equal respect is tricky for me, and I’m not 100 percent there, but I believe in it. I do. When it comes to somebody I look up to Jesus is the man.
In Women of the ELCA’s discipleship resource: “Lessons for Today’s Disciples,” we learn the seven marks of following Jesus (because that’s what a disciple is, a follower of Jesus). The seven ways to follow Jesus include: praying, studying, worshiping, inviting, encouraging, serving, and giving.
Let’s see; I’m good at one, two, maybe three of those things. So, I’ve got some work to do. And I bet I’m not alone. I’m going to guess that only a few of you score high on all the ways to follow Jesus. Is following Jesus really easy for any of us? Nobody said being a Christian is a piece of cake.
This message is an excerpt from a Women of the ELCA blog by Terri Lackey.
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